Support us

The University is incredibly grateful to the founding major donors to the Living Systems Institute and to the many others who have supported the LSI to this stage.  The next phase of the Institute’s development offers many exciting opportunities for potential donors to partner with the University and play a part in revolutionising the treatment of disease through a commitment to supporting world-class interdisciplinary research.

The University has committed to raise a further £3,000,000 to continue to support the development of the Institute, with the emphasis shifting from securing funds to support the capital build, to securing funds to support the programme, academic funding and equipment.

While gifts at all levels are welcome, donors giving upwards of £10,000 will have an opportunity to make significant contributions to the success of the LSI. For example:

  • Gifts of £10,000 or more can be directed to support research programme development
  • Gifts of £20,000 or more can be directed to support postgraduate studentships, including MSc and PhD awards
  • Gifts of £81,000 or more would provide full PhD studentship funding.

Donors giving £100,000 or more have a unique opportunity to make an outstanding contribution to the achievement of the LSI’s aims and vision. Gifts at this level can be directed towards areas including:

  • Equipment provision
  • Support for multiple PhD studentships
  • Major programme support for the development of key research areas
  • Funding for key academic posts, ranging from Early Career Research Fellows to prestigious Chairs.

Global Advancement will be pleased to discuss bespoke giving opportunities with individuals and organisations interested in making exceptional gifts. The team will also be happy to discuss appropriate donor recognition opportunities concomitant with the gift level, for example naming of prominent LSI spaces.

The University of Exeter is extremely grateful to our major supporters so far who have played a crucial role in advancing fundraising for the LSI. Major supporters for the building programme include the Wolfson Foundation (£2 million) and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£500,000). Additionally, generous individuals, including living and legacy donors, have already contributed nearly £1 million to the LSI’s academic programme development and associated PhD studentships.

If you would like to contribute a major gift (£10,000 or above ) to this ambitious initiative, please contact: Jess Greenaway in the Philanthropy team at the University of Exeter on +44 (0) 1392 726633 or

The University of Exeter has invested strategically to transform their research over the past decade and the Wolfson Foundation is pleased to have been able to fund a number of investments in capital infrastructure.  The Wolfson Foundation is committed to supporting excellence and we are therefore delighted to have awarded a significant grant to the Living Systems Institute: an ambitious development, underpinned by a novel and exciting academic strategy.  We are pleased that the Institute is developing so well and hope other funders will also want to be part of this initiative.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive, The Wolfson Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is delighted to have made a substantial investment in The Living Systems Institute. We’re excited to see the Institute developing well and hope that other supporters see the value of being part of this ambitious initiative.

Philippa Charles, Director, Garfield Weston Foundation

Over 90 Exeter alumni gathered in the inspiring surroundings of the ‘home of science’, the Royal Society, to hear an exclusive insight into the latest research from the University. Read more.